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Cold case charges, Helmetta cop quits and more: First News with Podcast

New Jersey’s First News, hosted by Eric Scott, written and produced by Matthew White and Patrick Lavery. Full podcast available below. Digital support, with additional links, by Dan Alexander.

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Mother in Court - New developments after this week’s arrest was in a 22 year old New Jersey cold case. Michelle Lodzinski was in a Florida court on Thursday for a brief appearance to hear charges that she murdered her son, Timmy Wiltsey in 1991. Lodzinski was arrested in Jensen Beach this week. It’s not known when she will be extradited back to New Jersey

Quiet Season – The good news is an updated outlook shows there’s a 70 percent chance of a less-active Atlantic hurricane season through November 30. But this does not mean we’re out of the woods.

A banner encouraging people suffering from Ebola to go immediately to a health center for treatment is seen on a sidewalk in the city of Freetown, Sierra Leone
A banner encouraging people suffering from Ebola to go immediately to a health center for treatment is seen on a sidewalk in the city of Freetown, Sierra Leone (AP Photo/Michael Duff)

Stopping Ebola – As the Ebola outbreak in West Africa continues to grow. CDC director Tom Frieden told a congressional hearing Thursday that the outbreak can be stopped. He said the outbreak’s two main drivers are lax infection control during patient care and risky burial practices.

 

 

 

Federal health official ease safety restrictions on an experimental drug that could potentially treat patients infected with Ebola. Canadian drugmaker Tekmira Pharmaceutics reached a deal with the FDA to help make its drug, TKM-Ebola, available to patients.

The World Health Organization has declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa to be an international public health emergency that requires an extraordinary response to stop its spread. WHO declared similar emergencies for the swine flu pandemic in 2009 and for polio in May. The impact of the WHO declaration is unclear.

Senator Bob Menendez addresses rail safety in Paulsboro
Senator Bob Menendez addresses rail safety in Paulsboro (@SenatorMenendez via Twitter)

Never Again – Almost 2 years ago a Conrail train derailed in Paulsboro, spilling dangerous vinyl chloride gas that forced a major evacuation of the area. New Jersey’s senior U.S. Senator, Robert Menendez (D) wants to make sure that kind of debacle doesn’t happen again.

 

 

 

 

Crossing the Border – Governor Christie remains on vacation with his family in California this week. Next month, he plans to travel to Mexico to promote business between the country and New Jersey. it will mark the second time Christie has traveled outside the United States. as governor; he visited Israel in 2012. Christie’s office says he also wants to experience Mexican culture first hand.

Spending Increase – A mixed bag of news for New Jersey as new federal data shows the state’s per-person consumer spending jumped 9 percent following the Great Recession. That’s a slightly lower pace than the national average.The Garden State’s 2012 per-capita spending was just over $42,000.

Las Vegas vs. AC - The credit rating for Las Vegas is light years above Atlantic City according to Moody’s. There are a variety of reasons why, not the least of which are the Nevada desert city’s diverse economy and stronger demographics.

Helmetta Officer Quits – An update on that story we told you about yesterday in Helmetta. Officer Richard Recine resigned after an incident where he was caught on tape saying President Obama “decimated” the United States Constituion. Recine called in Thursday to Jim Gearhart, where he said his sarcastic comment was taken out of context. He had been called in to remove a resident from town hall who concerned workers because he was filming and taking pictures.

Honoring the President - Willingboro is changing the name of its recreation center to honor the president. The town Council approves a resolution to rename its Kennedy center after President Barack Obama. Officials say it’s not meant as a slight to JFK but just an opportune time to honor the president.

Toms River Little League tours ESPN's studios in Bristol, Connecticut
Toms River Little League tours ESPN’s studios in Bristol, Connecticut (Kevin Williams, Townsquare Media NJ)

Keeping the Momentum in Bristol – The Toms River Little League All Stars will be on the national stage today as they continue their quest to make it to the Little League World Series. The state champions take on Newark, Delaware National at 3 pm in a Mid-Atlantic regional semifinal game that will be televised on ESPN. If they win, they advance to Sunday’s championship.

Airstrikes in Iraq - The U.S. military has dropped food and water supplies to tens of thousands of Iraq religious minorities surrounded by militants in the northern part of the country. President Barack Obama said the humanitarian aid was to prevent a possible genocide. Obama also has authorized U.S. airstrikes in the region if Islamic State militants advance on American troops in the northern city of Irbil  and the U.S. consulate there.

Cease Fire Ends -  Israel says Gaza militants have fired at least 17 rockets at Israel since the 3-day cease-fire ended today. There’s been no immediate counterstrike by the Israeli military, and it’s not clear if the renewed fire will derail indirect Egyptian-brokered negotiations between Israel and Palestinian factions that have hit a deadlock.


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